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The Lays of Althas: Sundered Order is a single-player, medieval-low-fantasy RPG being developed by Epoch Games, utilizing Epic Game's Unreal Engine 4, for Windows PCs. The game will feature an expansive, living world that will evolve and grow by itself, instead of revolving around the player’s actions.
The game is currently planned to be released Chapter by Chapter, with each bringing new regional content and gameplay features.

The World of Althas

As old orders crumble and new powers rise, it is time for you to forge your destiny.

Ever since it's early history, Althas has been a land shaken by conflicts. In the early days, these conflicts pitted the Anointed Kingdoms of Men against dark and demonic forces that threatened them. However, with the passage of time, the world has changed: the Anointed order is eroding away and new powers are rising. Another war looms on the horizon, a war of personal and political motivation. Thenodar, a burgeoning new kingdom in the North, and Anorthile, one of the last of the three remaining Anointed Kingdoms, now prepare for a war that will shake all of Althas. Old demons and new enemies gather in the shadows of both lands as each sets their sights on the ruined wilderness known as the Feralands.

Gameplay Mechanics

There are many features we aim for in The Lays of Althas: SO. The game is in the early stages of development, so many of the features listed below are subject to change:

  • Open World: Adventure on the continent of Althas. A large, open-world awaits the player with full freedom to explore. Regions will be released via Chapters.

  • Deep Lore: The world of Althas has a rich history which is represented throughout the game. Interact with environments, NPCs, and as well as read through in-game books to learn more.

  • Dynamic and Active World: Instead of a world that revolves around the player, we are creating a world where the player must learn to revolve around it. This approach will allow for date-based events to occur in Althas, even if you aren’t around to see them.

  • Adaptive Skill-based Combat: The game aims for a skill-based, first-person, system. Giving the player full control over melee swings and stabs, as well as engaging ranged combat and stealth.

  • Magic: Magic is a rare ability that the player will have to work hard to unlock in the Sundered Order period of Althas. When utilized correctly, it possesses a myriad of usages that can be extremely beneficial.

  • Dynamic factions and wars: Factions will make decisions and go to war with each other. Battles happen dynamically, according to the timeline and based on causes-and-effects within the game.

  • Multiple forms of transport: Ridable animals and vehicles will provide faster travel, an advantage in combat, as well as benefits for transporting goods.

Epoch Games

The Lays of Althas: Sundered Order is being developed by Epoch Games, an all-volunteer group from all across the world. We are dedicated to making this game as great as possible, and to make Althas a truly epic RPG experience. Being volunteers, we’re doing this for free - our motivation comes from our desire to create great games. Members of Epoch Games hail from all over the world; we are an international group, with members from the Americas, Europe, and Asia, all working together online to bring you the best game experience we can. Visit our DB page.

For more news and discussion, please visit our official forums. If you're interested in joining the Epoch Games team, please post a thread in our Applications subforum. Can't contribute the time required for such a position? We are also allowing fans to help us in the game's development: you can become a contributor by going to the Public Claims subforum and claiming an open assignment. No help is too small!

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6 comments by names_are_useless on Dec 24th, 2014

Hey Althas fans, sorry for the silence, we've been quite busy with development.

Just in time for the Holidays is a special little story for you guys called "The Hawk and the Stone". This is just Chapter 1; we plan to post the Chapters of this short story regularly, and we may even have a special surprise at the end of the series.

So, some of you probably saw the original version of this post was a bit of a wall of text. We were in a hurry and decided that that layout probably wasn't the best option. So from here on out, we will be uploading the files to Indiedb and they will be available in the downloads section. We'll provide news updates to let you know about the chapter as well as provide additional content like illustrations or status update images or perhaps even some special bits to go with the story.

Here is the Indiedb link: The Hawk and the Stone: Chapter 1
And if that link doesn't work (it will take a period of time for the file to be authorized on Indiedb), then you can grab it on our forums here

And last of all, we want to share with you the art of Chapter 1:

"Morgen's Nightmare" by Filip Wo

"Morgen sitting at a Fire" by Joan Maldonado

"The Cairns" by Bård Torkildsen

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The Hawk and the Stone: Chapter 1

The Hawk and the Stone: Chapter 1

Dec 29, 2014 Other 0 comments

This is the first chapter of "The Hawk and the Stone" in a .pdf file. Download and you can open it with e-reader apps like the Kindle app and of course...

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PaulyG Jan 18 2015, 3:04pm says:

Will you be able to create your own character and, will it be free roam?

But the art looks very cool, keep up the good work guys!

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lnsanity Jan 22 2015, 2:33am replied:

Free roam is one of our core gameplay mechanics, yes. Character creation is something we are working on, however, as it would be very tricky to develop right and we're not completely sure how to approach it.

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No_Chance Jan 18 2015, 8:45pm replied:

Quite sure that's the basic premise :D

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TheAnkka Jan 13 2015, 1:33pm says:

Is this from the same developer as MERP. Also will there be a river with two huge staues on it sides like in lotr (yes I do like lord of the rings)

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names_are_useless Creator
names_are_useless Jan 14 2015, 7:44pm replied:

@TheAnkka: Myself, and the other Co-Founders of Epoch Games, did work on the MERP mod previously. Very few of the original mod team are working on this game though.

You like LOTR? I would have never guessed :P. Actually, with Althas, I'd say we're trying to avoid a lot of Tolkien imagery ... still, you'll find influences here and there (I mean, all Fantasy fiction since the 60s have pretty much been influenced by Tolkien in some capacity).

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names_are_useless Jan 4 2015, 12:18am replied:

@Guest: Please read the Summary: "The Lays of Althas: Sundered Order is a single-player, medieval-LOW-fantasy RPG". When I say low, I mean low. Probably lower then even Tolkien (although there is magic, its just HARD to find (and learn) at the present time in Althas that the game is supposed to take place).

As for costumes: you would need to talk to our Concept Artists if you want to contribute any art of use to the team. EVERY faction is being given a different culture/style to one another. We do NOT want Althas to be just some generic, run-of-the-mill "fantasy" games, not in gameplay, story, or visuals.

Feel free to offer suggestions, but just know that there's already a lot of established lore to this game. We've revealed some of it, but I guarantee you that there is A LOT more we have not revealed to the public. I, and the team, however are always open to good and fresh ideas :)

As for "incentives" of exploration, of course there should be unique sites in the world, as well as quests/events that may ask you to go out to certain parts of the world that you may normally do. However, I would argue that such incentives to exploration do not need always be told to the player. Sometimes finding something you didn't expect (be it site, or event) should be its own reward.

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names_are_useless Jan 4 2015, 12:29am replied:

Let me rephrase: the "lower then Tolkien" bit is probably incorrect ... Althas is probably around the same level as Tolkien's Mythos, it's just that the fantasy elements are focused in different areas then Tolkien's.

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Nuvendil Feb 17 2015, 1:13am replied:

As a whole, yes, Tolkien's works are definitely high-fantasy. However, within each work are different levels of fantastical elements. We are probably more in line with Lord of the Rings than the Silmarilion, although much like Tolkien that would depend on what time period of Althas you refer to and what region.

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